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Donkey Riding

This old sea chanty probably originated among Canadian sailors. Great for rhyming, geography, and action.



Were you ever in Quebec
Storing timber on the deck?
Were you ever in Quebec*
Riding on a donkey?

Chorus:
Way-ho! Away we go,
Donkey riding, donkey riding,
Way-ho! Away we go,
Riding on a donkey.

Were you ever off the Horn
Where it's always fine and warm?
Were you ever off the Horn
Riding on a donkey?

(Chorus)

Were you ever in Cardiff Bay?
Where the folks all shout, "Hurray!"
Were you ever in Cardiff Bay
Riding on a donkey.

(Chorus)


*NOTE: I simplify the lyrics by changing the third line of each verse to mimic the first line. You should do as you please!
NOTES
Sound play: Make donkey hee-haws or clopping noises with your tongue.
Move: Stand up, gallop in place, then around the room or yard
Echo: Have children echo "Way-ho!" and "Away we go!"
Language: Get the children's ideas:
"Were you ever in [place],
[another line that ends with a rhyme of the place]"
"Were you ever in Seattle?
Chasing seven thousand cattle?"